From the contemplative Always Love with its drone like harmonium, to a new rendition of Jai Ma Durgas with a bluesy hometown rocking MA transitioning into jazz simulating We Are Divinely Inspired, this album is a tribute to the Mother of the Universe. From The much loved ballad I Am Sat Nam now with a band of singers to sweeten the message, to the soul deepening mantra Om Namo Bhagavate which in this recording lends a more traditional Kirtan tone. In closing a prayerful and expansive solo Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu with myself on vocals and the harmonic harmonium drone. This Sanskrit mantra calls to Universal Peace and the track I hope stirs an inner feeling stillness.
Auspiciously recorded one harvest full moon evening at Gradwell House Studios in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, this album MA was engineered by Dave Downham and Matt Weber with a full band of musicians and chanters: Jon Dichter on lead guitar; Shawn Hennessey on percussion; Taylor Jamison on bass; Bill Nixon on violin; Marianne Sutin on bansuri; Randy Sutin on vibes and myself on acoustic guitar and harmonium. Our band of chanters: Anjani Bellamy, Julie Fischer, Alan Fitts, Mira, Marthe O’Donnell, Martin Orimenko, Christopher Pecoraro, Renee Trailes, William Stauffer and Elizabeth Venart. The cool vibes were added in a few days after the session as the studio could not hold one more musician.
This just under one hour album is a compilation of our favorite Kirtan songs along with new tracks recorded with the same full-hearted spirit that is found in a live concert. Many listeners have asked me to make this CD so they can leave the concert, plug in the music and still be there!
Here is the link to a free download of my new track LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU